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Kathleen Ferrier

Biography

Born: April 22, 1912; Higher Walton, Lancashire, England   Died: October 8, 1953; London, England  
Although her career was tragically short, Kathleen Ferrier was among the most famous English singers of the twentieth century. Her contralto voice -- a rarity in itself -- was characterized by a firm, warm tone that found its expressive niche in the great works of oratorio and art song, as well as in her two operatic roles (only two!): Lucretia in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia and Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice.

Born in Lancashire on
Read more April 22, 1912, Ferrier studied the piano with great success as a child and intended a concert career; her concurrent vocal studies were considered more recreational in nature. In her mid-20s, however, after taking two first prizes at the 1937 Carlisle Festival -- one for piano and one for singing -- she made the decision to pursue singing as her vocation. She studied with J.E. Hutchinson in Newcastle upon Tyne, then with Roy Henderson in London.

During the years of WWII Ferrier toured widely in England, gaining a reputation as an especially fine concert artist. She joined the Bach Choir in London, and was alto soloist for a 1943 performance of Handel's Messiah at Westminster Abbey. Benjamin Britten first put her on the operatic stage at Glyndebourne on July 12, 1946, in the premiere of his chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia. She then toured with the work throughout England and appeared on an historic recording of major extracts from the work conducted by the composer. Britten would later compose the alto part in his Canticle No. 2 for her.

She appeared in the United States for the first time in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the New York Philharmonic and Bruno Walter; her subsequent recording of the work -- also under Walter's direction -- remains a classic. Walter also appeared as her accompanist in lieder recitals in Edinburgh and London. Another of Ferrier's notable successes was the part of the Angel in Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius.

In February 1953, Covent Garden staged Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice specifically for Ferrier, who was deemed ideal for the part of Orpheus. However, she was able to appear in only two of the scheduled four performances because of weakness caused by her already advanced cancer. These were her last appearances; she died in London on October 8, 1953. Before she died she was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Read less
Kathleen Ferrier - The Complete EMI Recordings
Release Date: 04/24/2012   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56284   Number of Discs: 3
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  • 1.
    Decca - Vienna Philharmonic - The Orchestral Edition
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002227902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 65
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Tom Krause,  Werner Krenn,  Elly Ameling,  Werner Tripp  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Monteux,  Herbert von Karajan,  Karl Münchinger,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002088102 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Sylvia McNair,  Cyndia Sieden,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Marc Minkowski,  Paul McCreesh,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Les Musiciens du Louvre  ... 
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    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Bruno Walter, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Andromeda   Catalog: 5041 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Hilde Gueden,  Julius Patzak,  Kathleen Ferrier
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Britten The Performer - Complete Decca Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001922102 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Thompson,  John Tobin,  Jenny Hill,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir,  Wandsworth School Choir  ... 
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    Das Lied Von Der Erde
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1146 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Julius Patzak
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 6.
    What Is Life
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1057 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier
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    Klever Kaff-ferrier Favourite
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1164 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Traditional
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier
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    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder, Etc;  Brahms / Kathleen Ferrier
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1153 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Phyllis Spurr,  Max Gilbert,  John Newmark
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001728400 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Clifford Curzon,  Irmgard Seefried,  Horst Günther,  Julius Patzak  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch,  George Szell,  Benjamin Britten,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Kathleen Ferrier - In Memoriam
    Label: Tahra   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Giorgio Favaretto
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter,  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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    Kathleen Ferrier - The Complete EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56284 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf,  Gerald Moore,  Nel Duval  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Charles Bruck,  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Kathleen Ferrier - The Complete Decca Recordings [14 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001654200 Release Date: 03/20/2012   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Zoe Vlachopoulos,  Ann Ayars,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Thornton Lofthouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry,  Reginald Jacques,  Boyd Neel,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bach Choir  ... 
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    Icon - Bruno Walter: The Early Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6790262 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Walter,  Lauritz Melchior,  Alfred Jerger,  Emanuel List  ... 
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  British Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris  ... 
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    Schumann - A Treasury Of Great Interpretations
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1235 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Aksel Schiotz,  Gerald Moore,  Charles Panzera,  Alfred Cortot  ... 
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    Mahler: Kindertotenlieder; Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben; Brahms: Four Serious Songs / Ferrier
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1153 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  John Newmark
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Sacred Songs And Ballads Of Yesteryear
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4073 Release Date: 08/16/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stuart Hamblen,  Arthur Sullivan,  Charles Gounod,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Locke,  Oscar Natzka,  Mario Lanza,  Joan Hammond  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glasgow Orpheus Choir,  Paris Choir Of The Metropolitan Russian Church
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    Gluck: Opera Highlights / Kathleen Ferrier, Kirsten Flagstad
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1034 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier,  Ann Ayars,  Zoe Vlachopoulos,  Kirsten Flagstad
    Conductor:  Fritz Stiedry,  Geraint Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Southern Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geraint Jones Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Brahms Lieder 1926-1950 Vol 7
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40007 Release Date: 12/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Hina Spani,  Aksel Schiotz,  Aulikki Rautawaara,  Lea Piltti  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
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    Schubert Lied-Edition Vol 9
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 40034 Release Date: 11/22/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Erna Berger,  Heinrich Schlusnus,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Isobel Baillie  ... 
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  • 20.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Kathleen Ferrier Edition Vol 6 - Purcell, Handel, Bach, Wolf, Folksongs
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 433473 Release Date: 03/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Adolf Jensen,  Hugo Wolf,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Millicent Silver,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Phyllis Spurr,  Frederick Stone  ... 
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  • 22.
    Ireland: Sea Fever, The Vagabond; Rubbra, Quilter / Terfel, Ferrier
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470195 Release Date: 10/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roger Quilter,  Traditional,  Edmund Rubbra,  John Ireland
    Performer:  Ernest Lush,  Jennifer Vyvyan,  Kathleen Ferrier,  Phyllis Spurr  ... 
    Conductor:  Elgar Howarth,  David Hill
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grimethorpe Colliery Band,  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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    Bridge: Enter Spring, Summer, Christmas Dance / Marriner, Britten
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470189 Release Date: 10/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Bridge
    Performer:  Benjamin Britten,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Frederick Stone,  Kathleen Ferrier
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 24.
    Handel Gold - Bartoli, Fleming, Kozena, Terfel, Villazon, Te Kanawa, Sutherland, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001280102 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Crispian Steele-Perkins,  Cecilia Bartoli,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Rose,  Marc Minkowski,  Marcello Viotti,  Richard Bonynge  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Les Musiciens du Louvre,  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan  ... 
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  • 25.
    Mahler, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms: Lieder / Kathleen Ferrier, Bruno Walter
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 380 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kathleen Ferrier
    Conductor:  Bruno Walter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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